Save for a couple of new themes, I don’t think Google has updated Blogger in years. Furthermore, what’s already there was overkill for my needs. Do people actually put up ads on their blogs? Does it feel good to throw advertising into your reader’s faces? Google doesn’t need any more of my keystrokes, they’ll do just fine without them. Google Analytics doesn’t need to know more detailed personal browser history of my visitors. If people see fit to read my stuff, I’ll respect their time and attention enough to not put a banner ad on the page.
That’s pretty much the extent of my justification for migrating to GitHub Pages, and generating the site with Hugo. Any code I write for non-commercial use will end up on GitHub anyway, might as well host the blog there too. I like the workflow: writing markdown locally in a text editor, generating the static source of the site, and pushing up to GitHub. It’s got the same rhythm and tooling of compiling, then pushing up code changes. It was real easy to setup on a Mac too, if you’ve already got Homebrew installed it’s a simple
brew install hugo. I’ve gone with the Cocoa theme for now, it’s a minimal style with readable fonts.